Tony Pulis has been somewhat of a revelation since taking over from Garry Monk as manager at the Riverside back in December last year.
Having helped guide a relatively unknown squad of players to a Championship play-off semi-final, albeit narrowly suffering defeat to Aston Villa, it must be admired, and the Welsh head coach can now aim to progress on last season’s standings.
Whilst Boro were forced to sell their high profile players this summer, in the form of Ben Gibson to Burnley and Adama Traore to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team don’t look to be missing them.
Pulis’ side are yet to taste defeat this season, having won three and draw one of the their opening four Championship fixtures, as well as a win against Notts County in the Football League Cup.
Whilst it is hard to fault Middlesbrough so far this season, we look back at the worst decision that Boro have made over the last three months…
They were powerless to Ben Gibson and Adama Traore taking the step up into the Premier League, but letting Patrick Bamford go to Leeds was odd, i’d say it was a real mistake.
Boro got good money for Bamford, but he has the makings to be a great striker for Leeds, who are a direct rival.
In time, Boro could be kicking themselves if Bamford is a hit at Elland Road.
Sending Connor Ripley out on loan to Accrington Stanley.
Whilst the young goalkeeper is in need of first team football experience, I feel that the 25-year-old is good enough to start on the bench under Tony Pulis, and possibly even feature in the starting line-up.
Having made some incredible saves during Middlesbrough’s preseason friendlies, I was surprised that goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould hadn’t promoted Ripley in the goalie ranks at the Riverside.